In the Know: November 21, 2014

“Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” President Obama, announcing executive action on immigration policy. Debate commenced. 

President Obama announced the most sweeping executive action on immigration in three decades. “There are actions I have the legal authority to take as President – the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me – that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just.” Reforms explained here.

A gunman opened fire early Thursday at a Florida State University library, wounding three, and was fatally shot by law enforcement; motive is still unknown.

Over five feet of snow has fallen this week in Buffalo, New York. Eight deaths have been blamed on the storm system, and now there are concerns over rising temperatures, rain, and flooding. ‘Tis the season.

As onlookers await charges in the case of Michael Brown, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and brought back the National Guard.

Protesters marched in Mexico City to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, abducted on Sept. 26.

Two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem this week, killing four rabbis and one police officer. Israel responded by demolishing the home of and killing a Palestinian involved in an earlier attack. 

China has the capacity to shut down the nation’s power grid through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel Thursday. Reassuring.

Uber sparked some controversy over the use of its “God View” tracking tool this week after an executive used it to track a reporter.

It’s the end of an era. JetBlue is joining the rest of its kin and scaling back on the perks. We’re counting on you, Southwest!

Women’s Affairs
Rolling Stone published a scathing look into sexual violence at universities, highlighting a specific case at University of Virginia. Read it

An Egyptian court found two defendants not guilty of performing female genital mutilation on a young girl that led to her death, crushing hopes that the government would crack down on the illegal but still widely practiced procedure.

Barbie is having a bad week. Also, meet Lammily.

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